President Obama announced today that depsite its merit, he would delay a strike against Syria, planned as retribution for the government's use of chemical weapons that killed hundreds last week. "I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress," he said. As protestors outside the Rose Garden chanted, “Hands off Syria!" the president said the U.S. should take military action—limited in duration and scope—against Syrian military targets. Although he said he was prepared to give the order to strike, he said he was mindful that he is the president of a constitutional democracy. "I'm ready to act against this outrage. Now I'm asking Congress to send a message we're ready to move forward as a nation," he said.
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